How to Use LID Best Practices

Learn how to work with nature to enhance your community while protecting streams and lakes. Low Impact Development (LID) offers effective solutions for stormwater management and green design.

A practical four-page guide shows how to permit LID Best Practices in your local bylaws. This analysis helps communities consider existing land use regulations and encourage LID practices for residential development.

partridgeberry-2006-eoea-website-croppedLID best practices include: minimizing the alteration of natural areas; minimizing creation of impervious surfaces; retaining natural vegetated buffers along wetlands and waterways; and minimizing changes to natural flow patterns.

By following this chart, communities can see how they’re supporting the use of LID techniques as the preferred, most easily permitted methods for managing stormwater and where they can improve.

Please visit MassAudubon’s Shaping the Future Program to download this free guide for improving local bylaws.



Runoff Remedies Presentation

Please join us at 7 pm on May 10 to learn about Runoff Remedies for Lakes & Ponds.  This free program at the Groton Town Hall will show how to reduce stormwater run-off from your property.

Rain that runs off from homes, lawns, driveways and parking areas carries a lot of pollution. This dirty stormwater flows onto streets and then into streams, ponds and lakes.  Sand, silt and other pollutants spoil uses of local waters – stream life vanishes, lakes fill with weeds, and high bacteria counts can pose risks for people.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEd Himlan of the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition will share a slideshow on how to keep lakes and ponds healthy. This program will feature low-cost, easy ways to prevent and fix polluted run-off:

  • See where the rain goes
  • Build rain gardens and bio-swales
  • Create rock-filled soakage trenches
  • Plant filter strips and groundcover buffers
  • Reduce erosion of dirt roads
  • Make simple basins to capture sediment
  • And more

Putting stormwater in the ground will help to lower costs for weed treatments and drainage systems.   The program will explain how to make a difference for your lake and pond.  This guidance can also help prevent run-off problems that harm streams and brooks.

The May 10 talk is sponsored by the Groton Lakes Association, Great Ponds Advisory Committee and Lost Lake Advisory Committee. The program is free and open to the general public.  For more information, please contact Alex Woodle (978) 448-6860.